Islanders diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer to get government compensation

Islanders diagnosed with Diffuse Mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos fibres, can now apply for a one-off payment from Jersey's government.

The idea came from an e-petition asking the government to provide these payments, which received 1,000 signatures.

The States Assembly then approved a proposition to provide compensation put forward by Deputy Carina Alves.

Although the use of asbestos is now highly regulated, in the past it was usedextensively in the construction industry. The disease can occur years after exposure and results in a shortened life expectancy.

Applicants will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Have lived in Jersey for the last five years

  • Have a diagnosis of Diffuse Mesothelioma from a consultant in Jersey

  • Have been exposed to asbestos containing materials in Jersey

The amount of the lump sum payment for people living with Diffuse Mesothelioma will be based on their age at the time of their diagnosis.

The amounts range between £92,259 for an individual aged 37 and under, to £14,334 for an individual aged 77 and over.

Relatives of islanders who have died from the disease since 1 October last year can also apply, based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have lived in Jersey for the last five years

  • Be a close relation of the person who has passed away

  • Apply within 12 months of the person’s death

Applications can be downloaded here.